Saving money with the Silvercar Visa Infinite discount code
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Renting a car is rarely the highlight of any vacation, but it doesn't have to be an entirely miserable experience. In the past, I've definitely had a mini-meltdown fighting with a subpar rented car seat in a rental car parking lot. After that fine parenting moment, I'm more than happy to spend a little extra to make things easier in the rental car lot and beyond.
Related: Guide to renting from Silvercar
While my family regularly uses and enjoys Silvercar, the company is, unfortunately, often more expensive than some other car rental options. However, those with Visa Infinite credit cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve can get a discount on rentals that according to the terms, ranges from 10 to 30%.
Since the terms say 10 to 30%, maybe your discount will be higher (or lower), but my eligible cards have been coming up with a 20% discount at the Silvercar/Visa Infinite site.
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I've recently had success using the promo code by first going through this validation site and then selecting the first link listed (this one), rather than going right to the Silvercar site or app and typing in the promo code box manually.
If you don't have a Visa Infinite card, keep an eye on your Amex Offers, as Silvercar discounts do sometimes become available for Amex cardholders.
Save more on your first Silvercar rental
If you're a new Silvercar customer, you can save even more by stacking a referral code (mine is SHULL) to earn a $25 virtual Visa gift card with your first Silvercar rental. Here are some instructions on how to enter the code prior to your first rental to earn your digital gift card. (Pro tip: Using the virtual gift card to reload $25 on your Amazon account is a simple way to put it all to good use.)
Silvercar has increased some fees and reduced some discounts in recent years, but in my book it's the best car rental company for families in the "car-seat years" by a mile. Even if you don't need a car seat, the included Wi-Fi, free ski racks (in Denver and Salt Lake City), SiriusXM and more make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful than most rental car experiences.
Note that if you need to use one of the Peg Perego carseats or ski racks, make sure to request those additions by contacting Silvercar directly in advance of your pick-up to ensure availability.